Government Health & Environment

North End Rats on the Political Scene

The Globe highlighted the North End’s problem with rats in its Columbus Day article which discussed the Mayorial candidates view of the issue. “Flaherty said the city has yet to meaningfully address the rodent issue. “The North End is overrun with rodents,’’ he said. “They don’t feel the city is respecting them.’’ “They feel taken Read More…

Government Health & Environment

Rat Hearing, i.e., A Hearing About Rats

PRESS RELEASE COUNCILOR-AT-LARGE STEPHEN J. MURPHY FILES ORDER FOR A HEARING REGARDING THE INCREASED RAT PRESENCE IN NEIGHBORHOODS The order will be introduced at the regular meeting of the Boston City Council on October 7, 2009. “I’ve heard from countless residents about rat issues in their neighborhoods,” said Councilor Murphy. “From Allston-Brighton to Mission Hill Read More…

Health & Environment

“Bottle Bill” Expansion Hearing

Massachusetts lawmakers are studying a potential expansion of the state’s 28-year-old beverage container deposit program, generating up to $20 million in new revenues. Among the changes proposed, the addition of bottled water, juice and sports drink containers to the existing redemption program could result in collecting an additional 1.5 billion containers a year. Currently beer, Read More…

Health & Environment

City’s Street Improvement Team Coming to North End on Thursday, October 1st

**NOTE: THERE IS A CHANGE IN DATE AND LOCATION. THE UPDATED INFORMATION IS SHOWN BELOW.** From the City’s Office of Neighborhood Services: The City’s Street Improvement Team is coming to the North End on Thursday, October 1st. They will be in the neighborhood between 9am-1pm on Cross St between Hanover and North Streets (closer to Read More…

Health & Environment

“Street Improvement Team” Hits the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood on October 1st

The City’s “Street Improvement Team” is like a swat team that each Saturday attacks a different neighborhood and fixes all the little things, making the place look a bit better. They will bring the labor and materials to the North End/Waterfront on Saturday, October 17th. (Ed: You have to love election years!)

Have a fix-up suggestion for the team? Email nicole.leo@cityofboston.gov to get your request on the list.

Below is the text from the City’s press release.

Health & Environment

Clean Streets Committee Talks Trash

When Public Works tried to install more trash barrels around the neighborhood a few weeks ago, they ran into an unexpected problem. Many residents didn’t want them in front of their property. So, where is the trash to go? Naomi Paul thinks residents object more to the “overflowing” problem than the actual trash receptacle. As Read More…

Government Health & Environment

Michlewitz Visits Clean Streets Committee Supporting Green Ticket Bill

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz attended this week’s NEWRA Clean Streets Committee meeting to speak about the Green Ticket Bill. Code Enforcement issues “Green Tickets” to trash violators with $25-$40 fines. Currently, the tickets are not very effective because so many are not being paid. Violators simply don’t take the tickets seriously. Michlewitz estimates over $5 Read More…

Health & Environment Police & Fire

“Pipe Down Please” – New Motorcycle Noise Reduction Program

Boston Police unveiled a new voluntary program to reduce motorcycle noise on North End streets, called “Pipe Down Please.” The Boston initiative is mirrored after a successful program in Golden, Colorado named “Silence is Golden.” The police will be handing out cards requesting cooperation from bikers on the neighborhood’s residential streets. Police intend to initially Read More…

Health & Environment Police & Fire

Heat Wave Advisory – NE Pool Open Late

The City of Boston has issued a Heat Wave Advisory (as if we didn’t know it was hot). More importantly, if you or someone you know is suffering from this heat, they can go to one of the City’s “Cooling Centers” that will stay open until 10 p.m. The closest is the Nazarro Community Center, Read More…

Business Health & Environment Transportation

Montreal’s BIXI Wins Boston Bike-Share Contract

And the winner is … BIXI!?!?! Boston has selected a vendor for its pilot bike-share program called the BIXI system coming from Public Bike System out of Montreal. BIXI is now operational in its home city and set to start a program in London.  It might be a bit surprising that the Municipal Area Planning Read More…

Community Event Notices Health & Environment

What is the Quid Pro Quo Between Developer Chiofaro & the Greenway Conservancy?

The expanding relationship between developer Donald Chiofaro and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy has created the perception of a quid pro quo between the two organizations. First, the Conservancy gets posh office space for its headquarters in Chiofaro’s International Place either for free or at a deeply discounted cost. Then in mid-July, the Conservancy Read More…

Community Health & Environment Real Estate

State Environmental Secretary Opposes Chiofaro’s Harbor Garage Redevelopment

In a strongly worded decision letter, Secretary Ian Bowles of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, has ruled against Don Chiofaro’s tower proposal for the current site occupied by the Harbor Garage by the Aquarium. Click here to read the 20 page decision letter (pdf). The Boston Globe summarizes the State agency’s Read More…